We have a recipe we think you'll find totally irresistible.
Rum Baked Beans
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Baked beans are a Fourth of July staple. They're the perfect complement to burgers and hot dogs, and no backyard barbecue would be complete without plates loaded with scoops of savory baked beans. That's why we delved into our recipe boxes and cookbooks to find the best bean-filled casserole recipe of the bunch—and we think we've found a contender.

Our favorite Fourth of July side this year is this recipe for Rum Baked Beans. Trust us: It's delicious. This recipe bakes up a casserole-like blend of beans and bacon (with some brown sugar, ketchup, and rum included too, for good measure). It is truly irresistible. What sets this recipe apart from the rest of our go-to Fourth of July dishes is the lively blend of ingredients, specifically the more-is-more assortment of beans. The recipe calls for a can of baked beans, to which you'll add cans of navy beans, dark red kidney beans, light red kidney beans, and black beans. It's a veritable party of beans in a casserole dish, and it's delicious. It will easily become your new go-to baked beans recipe.

Bake your beans into a casserole, and you'll be on your way to a successful barbecue, cookout, or potluck in no time. A baked beans-filled casserole is the solution to so many backyard barbecue woes. It's easy, it's delicious, and it goes with any summertime menu. Check out some of our other favorite baked beans recipes for a few more delicious ideas to inspire your next Fourth of July celebration.

For more Fourth of July party ideas, browse our last-minute party recipes, secrets to the best ribs, and DIY patriotic home decor. Happy Fourth!

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Do you have a go-to baked beans casserole recipe? Is it one of your must-make sides for summer potlucks and backyard barbecues? What will you be making for the Fourth of July festivities this year?